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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Megan's portrait, finished













This is the final version of Megan's portrait. My original intent was different than what you see here. I discarded the details in the background since the strength of the portrait is in her expression, not the location. I think either cropping would work but my personal preference is the close-cropped head and shoulders. In the end, the client will choose which they prefer.

15 comments:

Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

Beautiful!
The color is amazing. :)

100swallows said...

This is a wonderful portrait. It would be hard to choose, whole or the detail. It was nice to see the three stages of the work and so watch the miracle happen. When I saw the drawing I was sure you wouldn't be able to top that with a painting, and I made the usual reflection about how paintings, for all their color, almost always lose something. But your painting is great too. Do you keep those initial studies or hand them over to the customer? I hope they have a price too.

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Thanks so much for the comment. I feel very much the same as you about drawing. There is something so beautfiul about the simplicity of line, and often it doesn't translate to a "color version". I have always done my preliminary drawings on cheap paper, as I saw them as quick studies, not worthy of the good stuff. My thought was that I didn't want to become so enamored with the drawing that I lose my enthusiasm for the painting. After reading your comment, I think I will reconsider the paper I use however and do them on something more archival. Thanks!!! (BTW, your post on "Great Line Drawings" (http://100swallows.wordpress.com/2008/06/03/great-line-drawings/) this week is wonderful.)

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Kasie,
Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

marco pedrana said...

Hello!
very delicate and joyful watercolour!
it retains all of the freshness of the drawing.
cool work!

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Marco,
Thanks so much! I enjoyed looking at the wonderful paintings on your website.

Anonymous said...

Peggi, i have just discover your blog and i see you did a very nice portrait. It´s very expressive piece. See you!
Boni.

Abby Creek Art said...

Wow, that is so beautiful, Peggi! It's got a wonderful feeling to it.

Anonymous said...

Peggi, Thank you very much! I saw the whole process of Megan´s portrait and it´s very interesting how you start and finish your work idea. The lights and shadows and the colors palette are great!
Greetings!
BoNi

Sharon said...

I think this is the best watercolor of a child I have ever seen. The girl's sweet little face is wonderfully expressive. I'm sure this painting will be treasured. It's beautiful!

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Linda, Boni and Sharon,
Good to hear from you and thank you for the comments!

Anonymous said...

Hi Peggi,

I love the portait....the expression is captivating. It is so fascinating to see the process!

Bobbie

Wally Gomez said...

hi Peggi!
your art is really beautiful, this portrait is great!
Best!
Wally

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Wally,
Thank you for visiting my blog and for the comment. I went to your website but, sadly, my two years of spanish didn't get me very far. I did enjopy looking at your art though. Your illustrations are very vivid, strong images.

Anonymous said...

wonderfully painted portrait. it is beautiful!